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I'd almost go with a Seeker, where you can carry a number of trucks with. It's a mixed Mech/AFV company with support elements.
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Non-Canon Units / Re: Garbage Universe, the multiversal toilet
« Last post by nerd on Today at 11:04:49 »
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BattleMechs / Re: Recognition Guide Challenge
« Last post by Maingunnery on Today at 11:03:01 »
Something simple....


Code: [Select]
Highlander HGN-720

Mass: 90 tons
Chassis: Standard Biped
Power Plant: 270 Fusion
Cruising Speed: 32.4 kph
Maximum Speed: 54 kph
Jump Jets: Standard
     Jump Capacity: 90 meters
Armor: Standard
Armament:
     1 AC/20
     1 Rocket Launcher 20
     1 SRM 6
     2 ER Large Laser
Manufacturer: Unknown
     Primary Factory: Unknown
Communication System: Unknown
Targeting & Tracking System: Unknown
Introduction Year: 3145
Tech Rating/Availability: E/X-X-X-X
Cost: 8,769,830 C-bills

Type: Highlander
Technology Base: Inner Sphere (Standard)
Tonnage: 90
Battle Value: 2,012

Equipment                                          Mass
Internal Structure                                    9
Engine                        270 Fusion           14.5
Walking MP: 3
Running MP: 5
Jumping MP: 3
Double Heat Sink              13 [26]                 3
Gyro                                                  3
Cockpit                                               3
Armor Factor                  279                  17.5

                          Internal   Armor   
                          Structure  Value   
     Head                    3         9     
     Center Torso            29        41   
     Center Torso (rear)               17   
     R/L Torso               19        28   
     R/L Torso (rear)                  10   
     R/L Arm                 15        30   
     R/L Leg                 19        38   


Right Arm Actuators: Shoulder, Upper Arm
Left Arm Actuators: Shoulder, Upper Arm, Lower Arm, Hand

Weapons
and Ammo              Location  Critical   Heat    Tonnage
Jump Jet                 CT        1        -       2.0   
Jump Jet                 RT        1        -       2.0   
CASE                     RT        1        -       0.5   
AC/20 Ammo (15)          RT        3        -       3.0   
Double Heat Sink         RT        3        -       1.0   
2 ER Large Laser         RT        4        12      10.0 
SRM 6                    LA        2        4       3.0   
Double Heat Sink         LA        3        -       1.0   
SRM 6 Ammo (15)          LA        1        -       1.0   
Jump Jet                 LT        1        -       2.0   
Double Heat Sink         LT        3        -       1.0   
Rocket Launcher 20       LT        3        5       1.5   
Armored Cowl             HD        1        -       1.0   
AC/20                    RA        10       7       14.0 
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Off Topic / Re: Naval Pictures VIII: From Japan with love
« Last post by Simon Landmine on Today at 10:52:36 »
I cannot check out the link while at work, but is that the experimental one from the 50s or 60s that had a pod aft the conning tower they stowed the helo in?

From the article, it looks the storage pod predated the helicopter experiments, and was used to store surface vessels like an LVT for covert insertion. Removing it "did leave a considerable amount of flat deck space immediately behind the conning tower". There was apparently no hangar for the helo, though, so the article suggests that the trials were mostly to test feasibility of landing on a submarine, as there didn't appear to be refueling facilities, nor tie-downs.

(The article also has a paragraph or two regarding the terrifying improvised helicopter recovery ("although it was initially not even clear if the hull was wide enough to support the landing gear") by the Corporal a month before the trials with the Sealion.)
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Non-Canon Units / Re: Garbage Universe, the multiversal toilet
« Last post by idea weenie on Today at 10:49:07 »
The _RIFTS_ setting is a big fan of the Multiverse, but also has no off-earth transport. The _Eclipse Phase_ setting would be unpopular if the Titan Plague came through too. And of course, should the Dark Symmetry from _Mutant Chronicles_ reach through, things could also get very dark.

For the Rifts setting, how about Mutants in Orbit?  If some of the drives use dimensional hopping, or a random rift opens up while a group is performing a low-orbit satellite grab, that could allow for a few characters to come over.

Or a few ships from Robotech with their foldspace drives show up at the wrong times.  Perhaps this way they can have the Flower of Life planted and still be safe from the Invid?
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Off Topic / Re: Naval Pictures VIII: From Japan with love
« Last post by Simon Landmine on Today at 10:46:44 »
In a very minor tangent, you've reminded me that back in the depths of time (the late 1960s)* there was a comic strip in Eagle comic (home of Dan Dare, among others) called Sky Buccaneers, which entertainingly featured a pirate submarine that launched a pair of VTOL jets piloted by Kidd and Morgan (obviously). The pirates were impressively cutlass-wielding for a bunch of guys who crewed a pretty advanced sub with a load of unique features (and an, err, slight visual resemblance to the USS Seaview from 1961's Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea) ... ah, the joys of comics, where technical limitations are less of a problem. :-)

* I was reading my uncle's copies.
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Proliferation cycle omnibus now on Amazon

Cover looks good at least.
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Off Topic / Re: Naval Pictures VIII: From Japan with love
« Last post by Colt Ward on Today at 10:30:19 »
I cannot check out the link while at work, but is that the experimental one from the 50s or 60s that had a pod aft the conning tower they stowed the helo in?
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Preventing the Falcons from conquering as many worlds as they wanted to doesn't count as a victory.
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The _RIFTS_ setting is a big fan of the Multiverse, but also has no off-earth transport. The _Eclipse Phase_ setting would be unpopular if the Titan Plague came through too. And of course, should the Dark Symmetry from _Mutant Chronicles_ reach through, things could also get very dark.
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